China releases human rights lawyer

China releases human rights lawyer

A leading Chinese human rights lawyer sentenced to more than four years in jail for subversion has been released.
After his release, Wang Quanzhang was transferred to a residence away from his family to quarantine for two weeks. His wife said he had been told to spend 14 days in quarantine as a precaution against the coronavirus.
The Chinese authorities released well-known human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang on Sunday. He had served a four and a half year sentence for “undermining state power.
In August 2015, Wang was arrested and detained without contact with the outside world until he was sentenced to prison in a closed-court trial last year. He was one of more than 300 lawyers and activists arrested during the extensive crackdown launched on July 9, 2015.
Li, who had been fighting for her husband’s freedom for a long time, said she was not confident that he could reunite with his family. “I am really worried they plan on putting him under long-term house arrest and will prevent us from being reunited as a family,” she said.
Earlier this week, several human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, urged Beijing “not to subject him to any form of house arrest, surveillance, or other control over his personal freedom.”

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